Queens straphangers will soon be able to stay connected underground.
Starting in March, construction will begin on a project to bring free cell service and Wi-Fi to every underground station in the borough. Transit Wireles is providing the service.
“Providing cell phone and data connectivity to our Queens customers is the latest step in keeping everyone connected and bringing a new level of security with the ability to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said.
During the first phase of the project, Transit Wireless brought the service to 36 stations in the Chelsea, Midtown and Upper West Side neighborhoods of Manhattan.
The second phase, which will bring Wi-Fi to Queens, will also include 11 stations in Midtown Manhattan.
Phase two is expected to be completed by June of this year and will serve about 250 million riders annually with cell service on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Wireless as well as Wi-Fi.